The Essentials

Dance Band from Portland, OR - Will travel up to 3000 miles
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$2800 - $18000 per event
Gigmasters #1 rated dance band on the West Coast!

The Essentials, a large and loud soul band with fresh ideas and deep roots, is a west coast collaboration of nine highly talented and experienced musicians. The group's members, each with a music degree, have won and appeared at the top of national playing and song-writing competitions and recorded on multi-platinum albums. Covers of such artists as Stevie Wonder, Earth Wind and Fire, and Chicago join originals written by the group to make up the band's sound, a mixture of tight rhythm, heavy brass and soulful vocals.

The band has headlined dozens of nightclubs and festivals on the west coast from San Francisco to Seattle, frequented weddings and private parties, appeared at numerous college events, and performed with national acts such as Leon Russel and the Cherry Poppin' Daddies. In the last four years the group has released three albums with solid reviews, landing #1 on the soul and funk charts of CDBaby, the national leader in independent music distribution. Every year the band adds new originals and classic soul covers to its repertoire.

"Downright perspiring" - Shotgun Reviews
"Make you weak-in-the-knees" - The Register Guard
"Soulful, timeless" - Oregon Daily Emerald
"Musical masterminds" - Eugene Weekly
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50+ GigMasters Bookings
Responds quickly to client requests
A GigMasters member for 10+ years
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2015!
One of the most outstanding GigMasters members for 2012!

Wedding

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We hired the Essentials for our September wedding. Aaron was so quick to respond to all many questions and concerns. He was always so professional in his communications. Everything went so smoothly on the wedding day. The band was set up and ready to go on time. But the best part of the experience was their talent - they are an incredibly talented group of musicians and truly made our wedding day so special. They had everyone dancing - even family members we thought we would never see dance! They even signed our guest book and took part in the sparkler send off - such a great group of people!

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Wedding Reception

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The Essentials were the best choice we could have made for our wedding reception! They were absolutely amazing musicians and everyone loved them. We worked with the over almost a year to plan and they were extremely professional, flexible and accessible to work with the entire time. They even learned a song for the daddy daughter dance that was outside their genre. Couldn't be happier, except I wish I could hear them play more often!!!

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The Essentials were truly an 'essential' part to the success of our wedding! We received countless compliments about the quality of the music, and the band had everyone dancing throughout all three hours of their performance. I can't say enough good things about the band--which extend beyond just the phenomenal music they play. From day one, they were so easy to work with, incredibly professional and very responsive. They were very accommodating and patient as we figured out logistics and always willing to answer any questions we had. If you are looking for a live band of immensely talented musicians who will bring your party to the next level, look no further!

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PAST EVENTS
FUTURE EVENTS
GIGMASTERS VERIFIED BOOKING
2016
Jun
25
Wedding Reception
Medford, OR
7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
2016
Jul
24
Wedding
Bridal Veil, OR
5:00 PM - 11:30 PM
2016
Sep
17
Wedding Reception
Priest River, ID
8:30 PM - 12:00 AM
2016
Dec
31
Wedding Ceremony
Portland, OR
8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
2015
Nov
14
Birthday Party (Adult)
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM - 11:30 PM
2015
Oct
3
Wedding
Medford, OR
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2015
Sep
12
Wedding
Mount Hood Parkdale, OR
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2015
Aug
29
Wedding Reception
Mount Hood Parkdale, OR
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
2015
Aug
22
Wedding Reception
Ashland, OR
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
2015
Aug
15
Wedding Reception
Welches, OR
8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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Stevie Wonder
Dancing in the Street
Martha and the Vandellas
Hard to Handle
Otis Redding
Brick House
The Commodores
Rock With You
Michael Jackson
Let's Get it On
Marvin Gaye
Forget You
Cee Lo Green
This Love
Maroon Five
At Last
Etta James
Musicology
Prince
Cover Band
70s Band
80s Band
Blues Band
Dance Band
Funk Band
Jazz Band
Motown Band
Oldies Band
Rock Band
Swing Band
Top 40 Band
R&B Band
Soul Band
Disco Band
Fusion Band
Gospel Band
Wedding Band
Proms
Weddings
Baby Showers
Bar Mitzvahs
Celebrations
Funerals
Happy Hours
Picnic
Bachelorette Parties
Concerts
Bat Mitzvahs
Bridal Showers
Events
Bachelor Parties
Banquets
Christenings
Conventions
Festivals
Fund Raisers
Halloween Parties
Meetings
Birthday Parties (Kids)
Birthday Parties (Adult)
First Communions
Wedding Ceremonies
Wedding Receptions
Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
Rehearsal Dinners
Christmas Parties
Please note The Essentials will also travel to Beaverton, Vancouver, Lake Oswego, Tigard, Marylhurst, Clackamas, Aloha, Fairview, Gladstone, Gresham, West Linn, Camas, Troutdale, Tualatin, Hillsboro, Oregon City, Brush Prairie, Boring, Sherwood, Saint John, Wilsonville, Heisson, North Plains, Ridgefield, Washougal, Battle Ground, Corbett, Canby, Cornelius, Scappoose.
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